Tag Archives: James Madison

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #36: Rewriting Nullification History (With the Truth)

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about a recently published academic paper that obliterates conventional thinking about nullification and interposition. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. These documents, approved by the […]

Nullification: The Path to Liberty – Burns, Oregon, 2016 (Speech)

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The federal government was conceived as an institution with limited, enumerated powers. As James Madison put it in Federalist #45, “The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” Today we have a system that bears no resemblance to the founders’ vision. This supposedly limited government claims the authority […]

Refusal to Cooperate: The Moderate Middle Road Between Revolution and Unlimited Submission


Ammon Bundy and the other ranchers arrested after taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Oregon,tried to go toe-to-toe with the federal government using raw force and power. They failed. The feds killed one man, and the rest of the ranchers now sit in jail, facing charges under a law passed during the […]

Planned Parenthood Funding Unconstitutional; So is Republican Defunding Plan

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One of the great debates over the last few weeks has centered around Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. The brouhaha started with the release of a series of undercover videos produced by anti-abortion activists that appeared to prove the organization sells fetal tissue. That prompted conservatives to call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. […]

Podcast: How to Limit the Federal Government


In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I tell you how we can limit federal power based on James Madison’s blueprint. The federal government exercises seemingly unlimited authority and inserts itself into virtually every area of our lives. But the feds were never meant to have this kind of power. As James Madison asserted […]

Podcast: Jefferson and Madison’s Blueprint to Stop Unconstitutional Federal Acts


In episode #8 of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I delve into some long forgotten history and talk about the blueprint Thomas Jefferson and James Madison gave us to stop unconstitutional federal overreach. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, laying out the principles of nullification for the first time. […]

Constitution 101: Federal Highway Funding Unconstitutional


With a single headline, I just relegated myself to the political fringe. Federal highway funding is unconstitutional. Most people immediately dismissed this statement as out of hand. Extreme. Kookie. This illustrates just how far Americans have strayed from our constitutional roots. Notice what I did not say. I didn’t suggest the federal government shouldn’t fund […]

Constitution 101: Was the Bill of Rights Meant to Apply to the States?


Last week we began examining the Bill of Rights. This week we will address a specific question: was the Bill of Rights intended to apply to the state governments? Some people argue that it was. They concoct some interesting arguments based on “rules of construction” or approach it through various philosophies of rights and liberty […]